Appeal for info after car goes up in flames
An investigation was continuing this week after a car exploded on a Biddulph driveway.
Police and firefighters were called to Carriage Drive at 1am on Friday. Former town mayor Oliver McGuinness told the Chronicle neighbours had reported an explosion.
No one was injured during the incident.
This week, the cause of the blaze was still under investigation and officers appealed for information about two men who were acting suspiciously in the area.
Det Insp Lucy Maskew, of CID North, said on Friday: “We want to hear from anyone in the area who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area of Carriage Drive between midnight and 1am this morning or may have cctv or dash-cam footage to come forward.”
Mr McGuinness said the fire had involved a Land Rover on the driveway of a recently renovated property.
He said: “Neighbours heard the explosion. There was a big bang. The flames were coming out of the vehicle and burnt the conifers on the drive. The police were informed and the fire brigade came out.
“I walked up with the dog at 7.30am on Friday. The doors of the vehicle were open and it was covered in tarpaulin. There was a police car outside and a police forensics van had left the scene earlier.
“The police have been putting flyers through people's doors to see if they heard anything or witnessed anything.”
Mr McGuinness added: “I've lived in Biddulph for 41 years. It's a lovely area to live in. We've never had this sort of thing happening in our local area.
“I'm concerned that in the last two years that we've had a lot of drug-related incidents. In the last two or three weeks, we've had a house raided in the east area of Biddulph.”
Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 24 of 3rd July, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.